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littleb

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could anyone please tell me if its possible to turn off the hotkeys in Windows XP. My husband keeps somehow hitting some extra keys when he is typing a letter, and then all sorts happen, I think he is engaging some hotkeys somewhere. If they could all be turned off it would save me a lot of hassle!!! many thanks B.
 

bonk

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Here's a Registry fix but back up your registry before applying

If you are not confident in editing the registry wait for another fix

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called 'NoWinKeys' set the value to equal '1' to enable the restriction.

Exit your registry, you may need to restart for the changes to take effect.

Key:[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
Value Name: NoWinKeys
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Data (0 = disable restriction, 1 = enable restriction)

You will have to restart the PC for it to take affect.
 

Frank4d

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Adding to bonk's post, there may be hotkeys associated with your graphics card. Use msconfig to disable startup of "ati2evxx.exe" for ATI graphics cards, "hkcmd.exe" for Intel, (not sure for Nvidia).
 

littleb

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Thanks for your speedy reply, yes this happens in word and when he is writing e-mails. I'm not too happy to fudge about in the registry, so will wait and hope someone has another suggestion. Many thanks B
 

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littleb said:
Thanks for your speedy reply, yes this happens in word and when he is writing e-mails. I'm not too happy to fudge about in the registry, so will wait and hope someone has another suggestion. Many thanks B
Here's another way if you have XP Pro. Run Group Policy Editor (Start > Run > type: gpedit.msc). In the left pane navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer. In the right pane find "Turn off Windows+X hotkeys", right click on it, then left click Properties. Click the "Enabled" button, then Apply, then OK.
 
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